This morning I got a message from my friend Julie telling me about the new healthy living plan she was on for the new year. I got the message just as I was about to go running and I looked up what she was doing, I was really interested. It is a programme by Joe Wicks. It includes a High Intensity Training session in the morning and it was free to follow on the internet so I did it!
It was a challenging combination of aerobic, strengthening and core workouts. It certainly was high intensity! I went for a short run afterwards but changing my morning routine was good. I enjoyed it and I really felt the benefit.
It got me thinking about how we respond to well being in the new year. After a period of excesses at Christmas and New Year people often try to make amends and kick start a new healthy then in January. Some of my friends are on dry months, some are on diets and some are starting new exercise routines. I love to hear about them all.
I notice on social media that some people become super critical of those who enter into activity in the new year. They seem to feel smug that they do it all year round and are sometimes dismissive of those who give it a try after Christmas. Sometimes they express resentment at the gym being too busy. Sometimes they hint at the fact that it will never last.
It can be so easy to slip into being critical and judgemental of others but it really doesn’t lead to happiness. Expressing negative thoughts leads to more negative thoughts. No one feels good about themselves when they are being less than pleasant about others and their efforts.
Try encouraging others who are putting more effort into looking after themselves, it is a much better stance to take. Be genuinely interested. If you already exercise be pleased that others decide to join you, that you have something in common. If you already eat well then enjoy the discussion this creates. Offer help and advice if you feel able. Even an encouraging comment can make all the difference to someone new to it all.
Once you connect with others about their experiences you are likely to find that it encourages you too. You will get new ideas and perhaps enjoy the variety that this brings to your old routines.
Come on a Revitalise Day where you will have plenty of opportunity to discuss all aspects of well being. The day is full of mindfulness and meditation and is the perfect opportunity to see how your mind works and how you could be more positive about everything in life.